Geneve and I spent Xmas Eve spreading holiday cheer through out
our NYC stores. We even stopped by a few that don't have the riot yet
(Citarella and Gourmet Garage). You'll see us pictured here at
Zabar's, Whole Foods, Garden of Eden, and Balduccis. Wonderful places
for the holidays... Our customers were happy to see rioters -- or
should we say riot elves? Happy Holidays!
Happy Holidays! (You'll see our Rioting Reindeer pictured here.) Thank you for all of your support and rioting wishes this past year. sweetriot turned 2 years old in October and we're very much looking forward to 2008!
Today, Geneve and I are visiting our local NYC stores to spread the holiday cheer. I'm not sure what holiday you and your family are celebrating, but I hope you have a chance to connect with those you care about! I'll be heading to Florida for a break to see my dad and sister and then to San Juan, Puerto Rico for New Year's -- I'm so excited!!!
Traveling on JetBlue this holiday season and needing a healthy snack at the terminal? Look no further, sweetriot has arrived! You can now grab sweetriot on the go when you're running to your next JetBlue flight. Stop in at CIBO Express, which is featuring natural, organic, and delicious foods for airline travelers.
It's Black Friday in NYC, and we decided to spread some Thanksgiving cheer on Union Square for the 3rd year in a row! Why not give sweetriot cacao on Thanksgiving? This year we had official sampler packets -- in the past, we had to make up our very own sampler bags.
We were lucky it was a sunny day for standing on the street corner. Needless to say, the holiday shoppers were excited to try some cacao! Since we were rioting outside Whole Foods and Pier 1, we could easily tell them where to find it. Thanks to Lauren for organizing and to all for joining us including Karlie, Daniel, Kevin, Andrew, and Vitaly!
There is simply no other chocolate frenzy as stupendous at the NYC Chocolate Show. Imagine over 30,000 chocolate lovers in one place over a 4 day period. It's non-stop, exhausting fun! I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. Thanks to all who visited too -- My mom, Lauren's Mom, Lauren's sister, Casey, Liz, Rob, Arsen, Bonnie, Tedrick, Nick, Danny, Ellen, David, Munbing, Rob, Elizabeth, and more!
sweetriot was truly honored to serve cacao at an event with Danny Meyer this week. If you're not familiar with Danny, he is truly one of the leading restaurateurs and business visionaries in the world. Danny was speaking to EO, the Entrepreneurs Organization, which brings together entrepreneurs from around NYC and the world. (I'm in EO's new program for start up entrepreneurs!) :)
Danny recently published a book, Setting the Table, and he shares pointers well beyond his own restaurant industry for any aspiring business leader. The event was also held at this amazing place overlooking the Hudson River, and the view was one you often don't see in NYC.
Right outside of the window, you could see the 'rays of light' that are shown at Ground Zero every 911 -- and the most special thing about the evening was what Danny shared about 911. He talked about his restaurant's responses -- for example, 11 Madison's team started cooking in the nearby Salvation Army where families were being taken, and Union Square Cafe stayed open just to serve its community as best it could. The Cafe became a place where those who couldn't find their loved ones were able to reunite. Those stories for him helped solidify the importance of his work overall as he realized his restaurants are indeed a 'home away from home' for his customers.
And most importantly, the restaurants individually all made their own decisions on how to carry out Danny's vision of giving and caring without his supervision in how to do it. I can imagine as a fellow entrepreneur how good it felt to see the teams around him fully empowered and executing in a meaningful and heartful way on such a tragic day. I commend Danny for his leadership in NYC and for creating institutions of warmth that welcome so many poeple from around the world every year. There simply is no other who can continue to claim top Zagats ratings in NYC year after year after year. Danny and the great team at Union Square Hospitality Group can.
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Have I mentioned that I love Mediterranean food?....And as for tomatoes, I adore them! Leave it to the Cypriots to make the best tomato salad ever. I'll let the photos speak for themselves - the size of the display alone speaks volumes. Yum!
Another month, another show. As you may know, trade shows are an important part of our business. We meet new retailers and see our current customers too. The most exciting part of this one was the Sustainability Forum!
We also had friends that rioted - Tedrick came to visit as did Tabitha and her sister. Bonnie & Clare came to riot, and we had cool neighbors too - Tony, Lyann, and Claude. You should join us at a show. Our next ones are Expo East,GreenFest-DC, and The Chocolate Show. Interested??